Hey, hey, it's the monks

The Northern Rivers is nothing like Tibet but some exiled monks like it here and visit a lot. (Not too snowy or hilly.)

Now there's a chance to experience a bit of Tibetan culture when the Kavailya Meru community presents For Tibet With Love with Tenzin Choegyal (pictured) and the Tashi Lhumpo Monks this Friday, January 27.

The tour raises funds for the education of Tibetan children and supports Tibetan monks in exile.

The day begins with The Art of Impermanence - a sand mandala-making workshop from 2-4pm. You'll have the rare opportunity to experience the sacred art of sand mandala with help and guidance from Tenzin and the monks.

The evening concert at 7pm is traditional Tibetan music, with the monks throat-singing and playing traditional monastic instruments (such as 10-foot long dung-chen horn, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling trumpet).

Tenzin Choegyal is well known to Australian audiences for his contemporary Tibetan music. In fact he's played at Kavailya Meru before.

As well as his distinctive voice he plays the dranyen (long-necked lute) and the lingbu (transverse bamboo flute). Tenzin is also the founder, organiser and creative force behind the Brisbane-based Festival of Tibet. (The festival is on next week, February 1-5. Visit www.festival oftibet.com.au.)

Kavailya Meru community is at 3981 Kyogle Road, Lillian Rock.

Dinner is available from 6pm.

The mandala workshop, 2-4pm, is $40.

For workshop or dinner bookings and info, phone 0428 539 232.

The concert is $20 and tickets are available from Nimbin Organic Shop, Sphinx Rock Café or by emailing visionsin harmony@yahoo.com.au.

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